Review: TIME TRAVELING WITH A HAMSTER! By Ross Welford

 

This book is exciting.  There are lots of funny moments yet, as in every good story, there has to be some bad to make a good plot. I would describe this novel as sad but with funny bits.

If you look at the front cover of the book it says “My dad died twice but only the second time was my fault. ” This made me think of lots of questions such as, “How does someone die twice?” I was interested to find out.

I’m going to tell you the bare bones of the story.

The main character is a boy called Al, which is short for —Alexander. His dad dies and he time travels  and sees his dad as a young man. The main plot revolves around his attempts to save his Dad . I will not tell you if he succeeds or not as I do not want to give the game away.

If you do read this book you’ll have a heck of a time reading it because it will play with your feelings and you will be on a roller coaster of emotion.

I hope you Injoy this book by H.E

 

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Review: Rent a Bridesmaid By Jaqueline Wilson

 

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

It is about a little girl called Tilly whose mum moved away (to Mexico) leaving her to live as an only child with her dad. Her best friend is called Matty, who lives with her little brother Louis and their mum and dad. The story starts when Matty is a bridesmaid for her Auntie and Tilly becomes obsessed with Matty’s bridesmaid dress; it has beautiful rosy pink rosebuds all around the edge and pink silky frills.

After the wedding Matty’s mum gave Tilly the dress but Tilly really wanted to be a bridesmaid, not just own a dress. She decided to put up posters which advertised herself as a “Rent a Bridesmaid”.

Without giving the story away Tilly gets contacted by a little old lady who wants Tilly to be her bridesmaid. Tilly goes to the wedding and has the time of her life. After that Tilly is a bridesmaid at another wedding where her teacher (Miss Hope) dances the night away with Tilly’s dad. However, a few weeks after the wedding Tilly’s mum comes back and she has a big announcement.

I loved this book because it was so creative and magical. Jaqueline Wilson is an inspiring author as she creates stories that nobody else would think of.

By PH

Review: Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

KENSUKE’S KINGDOM, is such an amazing book. It’s about a young boy, Michael. His mother and father bought a boat, losing their job as brick workers. His parents took studies of how to sail the boat. They soon had the right to have a year long trip around the world. Michael of course, had to be home schooled. They visited many places, such as Sydney, Cape Town and Brazil. During that time, Michael celebrated his 12th birthday. He was on duty of the boat that night, it was so drab and misty he gone overboard. Along with his young sheepdog Stella Artois. He nearly died from that severe accident…

This is another fascinating book from Michael Morpurgo, it was actually based on a true story. It was about a Japanese soldier who sadly, got stranded on an island for 20 whole years. If you occasionally read or enjoy a book full of suspense, excitement and meaning I would certainly recommend this book for you.

 

By RM

Review: A Boy Called Christmas By Matt Haig

In this book there is a boy called Nikolas, who lives with his father, and they are very poor. One day Nikolas’ father goes away to earn some money and that means that Nikolas has to stay with his mean and horrible Aunt Carlotta. Will has father come back? Or will he stay with his Aunt Carlotta forever?

 

 

I personally recommend this book to 9+ and it is a ‘must have’ because it puts a spin on a Christmas story. I rate this book five stars and think that you will find this book as enjoyable as I did.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this review and I hope you enjoy this book!

By ML

Review: Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

 

This is my favourite book for a billion reason’s.For example when Joe runs for home… what’s going to happen next!!!His past was completely different he, rich in the beginning. Do you think he’s better poor or rich? When he was poorer and smaller, he’d go with his Dad and Mum to the local burger shop, sneakily his Dad would sneak in ham and pickle sandwiches!

The characters are …

Joe Spud the Billionaire , Len Spud his Dad and Carol Spud she divorced Len and went to Dubai.

Bob (Joe’s friend) Bob’s Mum.

Lauren, an actress.

The Grubb’s, the school bullies.

Raj the News agent

Sapphire, mean stepmother of Joe.

The annoying Teachers.

The Queen

Mrs Trafe, the dinner lady.

When Joe’s dad realised ‘Bum Fresh’ Joe’s whole life changed they lived in a huge mansion that was visible from  outer space and it only took 5 minutes to motor up the drive.

At one part Joe’s dad completely messed up he bought Joe a friend,what kind of Father would do that!?

After a while at school Bob told Joe “Lauren’s a fake she’s an actress.Also I saw her the other day with somebody else .”

Of course Joe had to ask Lauren if this was true, she said Bob was a big fat lying pig.Is Lauren lying or telling the truth?

At school it was Cross Country with Mr.Bruise, Bob somehow lost his running kit I wonder how that happened? Bob runs with his Y fronts and a vest!When Bob and Joe finally finish Cross Country run… more like Cross Country walk it’s time to go home finally.They both talked about their family life sadly Bob’s dad died because he had cancer…..

The Grubbs are twins.One of them is a girl  and the other one’s a boy,the strange thing is they both look the same.This is what they look like: They’re both hairy, they have moustache’s, matching crew cuts and hairy knuckles .That’s quite strange if I do say so my self,since one is girl.

Any way let’s talk about Mrs.Trafe the dinner lady,firstly her food is revolting. Everyone hates it they’d rather die then eat her food.This one of the revolting food she served, Road-kill Bake that sounds even worse.

I’d recommend this book to readers who are interested about feeling emotions,making it like you’re in the scene and you’re a character in that scene.For example when Len and Sapphire get engaged.Or when the Queen gets a purple bum,or when Carol Joe’s old Mother gets divorced.Or when Mr.Spud loose’s ‘everything.’ 

By Z.P

 

 

 

Review: THE MIDNIGHT GANG!!! BY DAVID WALLIAMS

 

Personally, I think that David Walliams is an outstanding author, because he makes his books interesting for children and not just adults.  He uses children as his main characters, who are usually the “goodies” and normally, adults are the “baddies”.  He takes readers through sad events as well as happy ones.

In this book, there is a boy called Tom, whose parents are abroad all the time, which is why he goes to a posh boarding school called St. Willets. One day Tom is playing cricket at school and gets wacked on the head with a cricket ball, which is why he ends up in Lord Funt Hospital.

In hospital, Tom meets four new children called Amber, Sally, George and Robin. Every midnight they all go on big adventures.  To start with Sally isn’t included in the Midnight Gang but by the end of the book the Gang feels guilty about this and she gets her dream adventure with them.

The Midnight Gang made me laugh, cry and think.

The funniest bit was when Nelly the old lady, flew over the roof tops of London holding on to balloons, when all her clothes fell off!

The saddest part of the book was when Tom realised that matron and his headmaster had been hanging up phone calls from his parents, and burning all their letters to him.

This book made me think about friendships and family.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes big adventures, tears and comedy. If you like those things this book is for you.

But to find out more READ THE BOOK!!

 

 

By SP

Review: Horrid Henry’s Christmas Cracker

Horrid Henry is a funny story. This book is absorbing in the way it is written. Francesca Simon has written a funny and incredible story. The characters are Henry, Peter, Mum, Dad, Miss Battle-Axe, Jim, Brian, William, Josh, Nick, Miss Lovely and Margaret.

Henry is horrid at school and at home, he made his own club and Margaret too, he is horrid to his brother, never does his homework, has a hamster, always makes a mess in his bedroom, never listens to his parents and his teachers, never eats healthy foods, he makes his own rules in his club, is always watching TV, playing video games and he also gets in trouble for throwing things at his teacher.

That’s why he never gets any presents from Father Christmas.

I like the book because it is funny and makes me laugh.

My favourite character is Henry. I like the fact that he made his own club.

Henry does lots of funny jokes, which are hilarious.

I also like Brian, because he likes to eat healthy foods, just like me.

By PA

Review: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

In my humble opinion, this book is a very historical and memorable piece of literature. I didn’t like the part when Joey (the horse) got tangled up in the barbed wire but I did like the way it made the English and German soldiers work together to free him. I was quite shocked when Albert (the boy) got blinded by the poison gas used in WW1 but that just made it even more exciting when they still managed to find each other.

 

I don’t think anybody would disagree with my view that because of the tragic events of WW1, which is one of the main settings for this story, this is a sad chain of events. Despite this I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anybody who’s interested in horses, WW1 or Michael Morpurgo books.

By EK

Review: SHADOW   BY MICHAEL MORPURGO

Shadow is a really good book because it is based on someone’s life but edited. It is the story of a little boy who lives in a cave with his grandmother and his mum. The cave is in Afghanistan and the story tells us how a dog called Shadow helps Aman and mum escape from the cave and travel to England, to start a new life.

 

It made me happy sometimes and it made me sad, angry and it made me feel like I needed to cry but it I really enjoyed the story because in the end Shadow helps Aman and his mum escape all the way to England. My favourite part of the story was when Shadow saved the day sniffing the ground to find the roadside bomb and saving Aman and his mum.

 

If you don’t like sad stories I won’t recommend this book. But if you do like a happy ending I think you should read it.  I would recommend this book to you because it shows us that you should never give up, even when things get difficult. Have a good time reading shadow.

 

Reviewed by HR

 

Review: Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo

 

 

Running Wild is a beautifully written story about a boy named Will who needs to try and survive in the jungle alone with only his elephant companion, Oona.

After the sudden death of his father, Will and his mother embark on a journey to Indonesia to soothe their sadness and sorrow but little did they know that a catastrophic event would change their lives forever…

Michael Morpurgo uses illuminating vocabulary and made me feel like I was there. He painted a captivating image in my mind and as I turned each page I felt a combination of emotions – joy, grief, fear and amusement.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an adventure.

 

HF